2008 CMA Winners

To me the real winners of any awards show are the artists who  can  consistently pull off great performances or who bring something incredible to the program.

My winners this year:  George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, and Reba’s short solo with B&D.

The rest were okay and a couple were downright awful.

I wonder sometimes that what appears to be the best thing the country format has going on right now may simultaneously be the worst thing for its future.

I would have loved to seen artists like Alison Krauss and Union Station, Lee Ann Womack, Pat Green, Josh Turner, and Vince Gill perform.  Artists who bring an authentic country roots flavor to the mix.  And where the heck were the legends?  Are we just too ashamed of the pioneers and influences anymore?  Were they sitting in the upper level of the Somet?  Yeah yeah, I know – Ratings.  

I did think it was cool to see John Anderson on stage with Strait.

It seems Mary Kay knows who the core Country demo is.  Can’t say that about everyone.

Overall it was a pretty decent show with loads of performances.  The big award winners were almost identical to last year, so that made the presentation segments uneventful. 

Here is the rundown of the 2008 Country Music Association prizes: 

  • Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
  • Song of the Year: “Stay,” Jennifer Nettles
  • Album of the Year: “Troubadour,” George Strait
  • Music Video of the Year: “Waitin’ on a Woman,” Brad Paisley featuring Andy Griffith
  • Music Event: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  • Vocal Group of the Year: Rascal Flatts
  • New Artist of the Year: Lady Antebellum
  • Single of the Year: “I Saw God Today,” George Strait
  • Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
  • Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

Congrats to all of them and the nominees.

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One Response to 2008 CMA Winners

  1. CFOS says:

    My main man Kenny C. doing what he does best.

    He’s one hell of a live show, that’s for sure!

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